Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shadow” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating


4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,023 ratings  ·  248 reviews
A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world! He tackles a current war with the story of a sniffer dog named Shadow and an Afghan boy.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie SmithBridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingThe Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue TownsendThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Best Diary Novels
104th out of 115 books — 149 voters
Wonderstruck by Brian SelznickTall Story by Candy GourlayMatched by Ally CondieThe Emerald Atlas by John  StephensBreadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Red Dot 2013: Older Readers: LONG LIST
38th out of 46 books — 24 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Claire Russell
Shadow is a book about friendship that spans the UK and Afghanistan. Matt visits his grandfather and tells him about his best friend Aman who along with his mother has been taken to Yarl’s Wood. Aman has lived in the UK for 6 years as an asylum seeker, but according to the Government their time has run out and he has to return to Afghanistan. As Matt is not allowed to visit Aman he persuades his Grandfather, a former journalist to go to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Aman tells of his incredible ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aman and his mother have been living in England for six years when they are told they have not gained political asylum and must return to Afghanistan. They are placed in the Yarl's Wood detention center. Matt, a good friend of Aman's, enlists the help of his grandfather to try to help the family. When the grandfather visits to try to find out the story, Aman tells him about the death of his father, how the family was living with an elderly grandmother in a cave, and how an uncle in England was a ...more
This book is by the same author who wrote War Horse, and while that might be a plus for some it was off putting for me. Although I haven't read War Horse, I was in the minority that didn't like the movie. I actually bought this book months ago, so I took my time to read it!

Basically this is the story of Aman, a refugee from Afghanistan. He has lived in England for almost six years since escaping his war torn country, but wakes up one day to find that his asylum has been denied and his mother wil
A young boy and his mother flee their native Afghanistan and escape into England, only to be denied political asylum six years later. The boy tells his story to his best friend's grandfather (visiting him in the deportation prison), giving the grandfather a way to share the boy's story and try to get their case heard.

Particularly relevant right now, with the recent controversy over the Central American children being sent back to the violence in their home countries instead of being given refuge
Izzie and I were blown away by this book, another absolutely gripping story from Michael Morpurgo, this time set in Afghanistan and England. Told by three different voices, Grandpa, Matt and Aman, 'Shadow' tells of how Aman and his mother, helped by the stray dog they call Shadow, escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban to move to England and a better, safer, life with Uncle Mir and Aunt Mina.

Morpurgo yomps the reader across the terrors of Afghanistan under the Taliban, and introduces us to the
Paul Degraaf
Great story, written for children. Author of "War Horse." Inspirational story of friendship and sacrifice.
I read this one with my 9 year old daughter, and I think she is the perfect age to benefit from the subject matter, but I'm not sure she would have completed it had we not read it together, given some of the unfamiliar vocabulary and complex and sometimes troubling themes addressed. It helped that I was there to answer her questions, and she had many.

"Shadow" is the story of a young boy, Aman, and his mother, who are seeking asylum in England after fleeing the oppressive reign of the Taliban in
The good thing about Michael Morpurgo books is they do not delve into politics, but focus on the human cost and the lives of ordinary people effected by events outside their control.Imagine your are living in a good country your family can make a living and you have freedom, education,the country has history of ancient civilisation. Then one day you are invaded by a foreign power (Russia ) the fighting starts and goes on for years and you gradually lose everything , then the Russians leave and ...more
He tackles very deep subjects with enormous tact and care giving children – and adults - the chance to explore serious issues. As always this book is beautifully written with warm characters and a hefty dollop of reality.

Set in the early years of the Afghan war ,this book is about a boy called Aman. He and his Mum are going to be deported from the UK back to Afghanistan. They are being held at a prison near his best friends Granddad's house. David ( his best friend) Comes to see Aman i the prison but no children are allowed in. David sends in his granddad and Aman tells his story.

This book is amazing and so sad it almost will make you cry. It opens your eyes to how bad they are treated and to the horror of livi
This is an amazing amazing book !!!!!!! i loved it soooooo much. It brought the emotions out of me :D i would 100% recommend it :)
Laura Phelps
Told from three different perspectives (an Afghan boy, Aman, his British friend Matt and Matt’s grandfather), Shadow exposes the plight of detained refugees, explores the way friendship can transcend nationality and highlights a beautiful grandfather-grandson relationship. I am a sucker for books with animal heroes in them and Shadow is quite a hero, helping Aman and his mother reach safety in Afghanistan. Morpurgo manages to make the reader fall in love with this dog without being sappy. I real ...more
i chose to read this book Shadow by Michael Morpurgo because i needed to read a book for english. The back blurb of the book was very interesting so i decided to read it.
A character that i found very interesting was the main character Aman, because even though he was really small he was so brave and took care of his mom and he also survived not eating and drinking for a very long time.
my favourite quote from this book was "I think she is more like a friend than a dog, like a friendly shadow th
• Author is the man who wrote War Horse.
• Story of a 14 year-old Afghanista and his mom struggling to get out of the war-torn country to England and his uncle. Along the way, a lost bomb-sniffing dog - named Shadow by the boy, finds them, bonds with the boy Aman, only to have to be returned to the military.
• They reach England and all is well for a few years only to be taken to Yarl’s Wood prison to be deported.
• Ama had made friends with an English boy named Matt. Matt, his grandpa and family w
"Shadow" is one of my favorite reads of the entire year!

A young Afghan boy tells the harrowing tale of his and his mother's escape from their war-torn home country. The Taliban are relentless in their attacks across Afghanistan, leaving many citizens fleeing to live in caves for shelter. Even there, they are not safe. The one and only bright light in Aman's life is a foreign dog that becomes attached to the boy, and he to it.

However, the entire book is not Aman's alone. The author deftly weaves
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jo Norman
Read this to my boys (9 and 11) and it is a fantastic book. Quite serious and sad but the author handles a really dificult subject matter from a child's point of view with great sympathy and unbelievable insight. I learnt something and so have my boys. I will certainly have more sympathy with asylum seekers from now on and it is a great lesson to the boys when a map pops up on the news and I can say that is the town (Kabul) that we are reading about.
I have been a huge Michael Morpurgo fan since I was a kid, I think I've read about 20 of his books, but I haven't read one in years. When I saw this in the reduced to clear section at work I had to give it a home.

Though this is a children's book I still really enjoyed it, especially how it dealt with talking about asylum seekers. I think that it is great that he has written this book and is able to tell stories like this to younger people.
A lot of what happens in the book comes down to luck and
Savannah F. 8 Rdg
I read the book Shadow by Michael Morpurgo. This book is about a boy names Aman, his mother and Matt and his grandfather. Aman and his mom were living in England. On his way to England he met a dog named Shadow that followed Aman and his mother around everywhere. Little did Aman know, Shadow was a dog the troops used to sniff out bombs. Six years after Aman and his mom were living in England they were deported to Afghanistan to a Yarls Wood detention center. One day Matt told hid grandfather tha ...more
Jack Lloyd
A fantastic book written by Michael Morpurgo which tells of a story about a hearty warming friendship but also the harsh nature of treatment of detainees being deported. Aman is currently living in the UK but he and his mum are going to be deported back to Afghanistan. Whilst detained, they live near Aman's best friend's (David) granddad's house. David wants to see his friend but no children are allowed in the prison so he asks his granddad to deliver messages. There is another factor in this st ...more
I never read War Horse which is this author's "calling card" as it was a phenomenal stage play and very good movie. So when one of my student's was reading this "dog story" I asked if I could read the book after him to see if it packed the punch that War Horse did. I would say... having not read any other of his work - if he writes like this I am surprised War Horse was the good work that it was on stage and screen. This is a very formulaic piece of writing. I could predict the story line withou ...more
I find all of Michael Morpurgo's books pleasant reads which I manage to finish in usually one sitting and this book didn't differ. It gave me a grim insight into what has happened and is still happening today in the world; war and some of its effect on innocent people. With this novel we read of Aman and his mother's perilous journey out of Afghanistan. We learn a little about their lives before the Taliban took over and we learn about how drastically their lives change for the worse. We also le ...more
Karen Jones
Naomi says: "SHADOW is amazing! the story told by 3 different people is both: sad, true (true story but changed to make a story), interesting, and over-all-AmAzInG!!!

Plus i met Michael Morpurgo!!! YAY!"
I loved this story...even though its aimed at children it has been so beautifully written it draws you into the story and you don't want to put it down...always the sign of a great book.
Ms. Feigen's English 9 Classes Feigen
Jackson m per 5

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo ,before reading the book I thought is was going to be boring and simple , about a dog that helps people get to safety . Morpurgo's audience was middle school kids not aware of how bad the Afghanistan war was. When i was reading the book the story got more interesting and made you want to know whats happens . The source of this book was what was happening overseas . When I finished the book I thought it was great but the ending was abrupt and didn't tell
Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, writes another heart-wrenching animal story. 14-year old Aman and his mother escape the war in Afghanistan and spend 6 years living in England before they are suddenly detained and threatened with being deported back to their home country. Shadow is a military dog, separated from his unit, that helps Aman and his mother cross the country to freedom. The book contains some sadness, references to war and being held in captivity, 1 mention of soldiers that ...more
Jayne Grew
Amazing book
Its my daughters but the story is wonderful
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
I will admit it. The selling point for me for Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Shadow, was the dog on the cover. If the dog was just a little more brown, than red-brown, it would look just like my little dog, Gracie. Oh, and it’s a story about a dog — easy sell for me.

Of course, once I actually cracked open the book and started reading, finding myself bawling part-way through, I knew Michael Morpurgo had a winner on his hands. This is a serious story about some heavy stuff.

Just to refresh your memory,
Oct 21, 2012 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades 5-8
Recommended to Jamie by: Association of Children's Librarians
Morpurgo, Michael. Shadow
Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, 2010. 181 p. $16.99, 978-0-312-60659-6

High Additional Grades 5-8

Aman and his mother escape Afghanistan with the help of Shadow, an Army sniffer dog, to live in England. After living in England for six years, they are denied asylum and have to go back to Afghanistan. Aman’s best friend in England, Matt, asks his grandfather to go to the immigration removal center to talk with Aman. Aman tells Matt’s grandfather his harrowing story. Outrag
Mari Anne
3.5 stars for this newest book by the brilliant Michael Morpurgo. While I didn't feel this one was quite as good as "Elephant in the Garden", Morpurgo has done a very good job in bringing a very tough story to a young audience. Shadow is the story of Aman, an Afghani boy who escapes to England, only to be imprisoned and threatened with deportation after six years in the country. Aman tells the story of his life in Afghanistan under the Taliban and the hardships he and his mother endured in order ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Dogs of Winter
  • White Fur Flying
  • Buddy
  • A Dog Called Homeless
  • Duke
  • The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
  • Jump into the Sky
  • Kizzy Ann Stamps
  • The Saturday Boy
  • A Soldier's Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, Civil War Hero
  • Katerina's Wish
  • Everything for a Dog
  • The Wonder of Charlie Anne
  • Showoff
  • Kepler's Dream
  • Lara's Gift
  • Road Trip
  • The Last Leopard (Animal Healer, #3)
Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to ...more
More about Michael Morpurgo...
War Horse (War Horse, #1) Private Peaceful Kensuke's Kingdom The Butterfly Lion The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »